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Submission + - Ad technology company claims ad blockers are "breaking the Internet" (telegraph.co.uk)

whoever57 writes: London, UK based ad technology company Oriel has published a claim that ad blockers break web applications in ways other than merely not displaying ads. They show examples such as airline sites that will not allow check-in because of the effects of an ad blocker. The original report is here. The CEO of Oriel is quoted saying that he discovered this accidentally when attempting to check into a flight, which raises the question: why would the CEO of an ad technology company use an ad blocker?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

Submission + - Dice, what are you getting by butchering Slashdot ? 2

Taco Cowboy writes: Before I register my account with /. I frequented it for almost 3 weeks. If I were to register the first time I visited /. my account number would be in the triple digits.

That said, I want to ask Dice why they are so eager to kill off Slashdot.

Is there a secret buyer somewhere waiting to grab this domain, Dice ? Just tell us. There are those amongst us who can afford to pay for the domain. What we want is to have a Slashdot that we know, that we can use, that we can continue to share information with all others.

Please stop all your destructive plans for Slashdot, Dice.

Submission + - Online puzzle has world's codebreakers baffled (irishexaminer.com)

cold fjord writes: The Irish Examiner reports, "In Jan 2012, an image appeared on ... 4chan that set the world’s best codebreakers ... to solve a highly complex and sophisticated puzzle. It was posted by a shadowy organisation ... Cicada 3301. The image of plain white text on a black background looked deceptively simple. It read: “Hello. We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in this image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. ... The hidden message in this case turned out to be a JPEG image file. Those puzzle solvers who succeeded in breaking the code to alter the image were initially disappointed, being rewarded with ... a picture of a rubber duck, and a message that read: “Woops, just decoys this way. Looks like you can’t guess how to get the message out.” ... Joel Eriksson, a 34-year-old computer analyst ... ran the duck’s teasing message through ... an encryption program, and discovered another hidden message ... Like peeling an onion, this led to more messages and clues that mutated hourly, ... a new riddle based on Mayan numerals. By this stage, Eriksson was hooked. ... Like Alice Through the Looking Glass ... cryptographers delved deeper ... discovering more clues ... GPS co-ordinates for locations in Warsaw, Paris, Seattle, Seoul, Arizona, California, New Orleans, Miami, Hawaii and Sydney. Amateur sleuths discovered lo-tech posters pasted to lamp posts in each location, all bearing a QR bar code ... When scanned ... the bar codes led to yet another web address. If nothing else it proved that this was the product of a well-funded global organisation of brilliant people on a quest.
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Submission + - Borsa Italiana halts trading after data glitch (computerworlduk.com)

DMandPenfold writes: Borsa Italiana, the Milan trading venue owned by the London Stock Exchange, has halted trading after problems on its price data feeds.

An investigation is ongoing into the problem, which this morning was described by Borsa Italiana as “a technical issue on the price information systems”.

Borsa Italiana runs on the TradElect system, based on Microsoft .Net and written in C#, recently dumped by the LSE in favour of Millennium Exchange, written in C++ and based on Novell SUSE Linux servers. The LSE has also been experiencing price data feed problems on its own replacement system, but these issues are thought to be unrelated.

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Submission + - Michael Jackson Slammed Record Companies (youtube.com) 2

Skapare writes: In a recorded interview Michael Jackson did with his friend Brett Ratner, he reveals his lesson learned about the record companies:

BR: What is your greatest lesson learned?
MJ: Not to trust everybody ... not to trust everybody in the industry; there's a lot of sharks. And the record companies steal; they cheat. You have to audit them. And it's time for artists to take a stand against them, because they totally take advantage of them ... totally. They forget that it's the artists who make the company. Not the company make the artist. Without the talent, the company would be nothing but just ... hardware, and just ... you know ... and uh ... it takes a real good talent that the ... that the public wants to see.

The video is in black and white and it may have been secretly recorded. It begins with audio only and video comes on at 2:17 into the recording. At 3:06 the big question is asked.

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